‘Women in Music’ concert commemorated International Women’s Day virtually

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The Kappa Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, a registered independent student organization, hosted the second “Women in Music” concert for Kansas State students Monday evening.

Those interested in the musical opportunity submitted a video of themselves singing or playing an instrument. Members of the chapter stitched the videos together to replicate a concert format.

The virtual event featured music written solely by female composers to commemorate International Women’s Day. The event looked different this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the message remained the same.

“We thought it was something that would be good not only for our chapter but for the community as well to have an opportunity to hear ‘live’ music again,” Zoey Dutcher, chapter president and senior in English education, said.

Kappa Upsilon hosted the virtual event live on their Facebook page and on Instagram via Instagram TV. The stream can be accessed through social media for a week.

The challenge from there merely laid in piecing the non-live videos together, to create a live event that would still feel like a concert to the internet audience tuning in, Dutcher said.

Emma Iacovella, chapter musical director and junior in music education, said she enjoyed the live aspect to the event.

The concert not only to celebrated and commemorated composers but gave artists at the university a chance to show off their skills as well.

Rylie Toom, senior in applied music, performed an original piece called “Chant.”

“I wrote the piece to calm the listener and evoke reflection,” Toom said. “In the piece, I also use extended techniques to create the illusion of multiple players. The piece is simple, but it is one of my favorites that I have written at this moment.”

The event utilized these means to unify the community through music and through the opportunity it gave to students and listeners.

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